Terms of Use

Data and metadata presented on these pages are licensed under Creative Commons License BY-NC or other license as selected by scientist contributors. Appropriate acknowledgment with a byline/credit/link must be given to both the original scientists/data contributors by reference to their relevant publications and Data DOIs when possible, and also to the United States Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC; Where citation information has been provided to us by scientists it is included with the relevant database entries, and should be acknowledged when data are used. You may browse freely, but you may not circulate or publish materials you obtained from this site if you do not accept the terms of providing adequate citation.

Data are provided with the express understanding that they will not be sold to third parties or included in commercial databases.

A Business Use License may be available for USAP data. For queries, contact

Users are strongly encouraged to contact the original investigators responsible for data made available on this site. Where appropriate, researchers are also encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.

Data should not be used for navigation purposes.


Because much of the data are legacy in nature, we make no claims to accuracy of the data identification, acquisition parameters, processing methods, navigation, or database entries. We ask that you notify us immediately of any errors or incomplete entries that you discover, and we will make every effort to correct them. We encourage contributions of data and metadata.

Proprietary Data

The site contains both public and proprietary data. Generally, access to proprietary data is by mutual agreement and depends on terms and conditions of the original acquisition project.


Funding for USAP-DC is provided by the National Science Foundation as part of the IEDA Cooperative Agreement